Founded by Professor Gordon Murray(designer of McLaren F1) in July 2007, Gordon Murray Design is a British automotive design consultancy firm. The firm offers various design, development, prototyping and manufacturing solutions to the auto industry. The firm is known for its products such as T.25 & T.27 city cars, Teewave AR.1 and Yamaha MOTIV.e .
Gordon Murray recently designed the OX Truck, a flat-pack truck for Global Vehicle Trust.
Gordon Murray, the brain behind McLaren F1 & Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren, has designed a vehicle that is far from a supercar but, in his own words, “ranks above anything else I’ve ever done.”
The utility vehicle is designed with an intention to provide services in developing and underdeveloped nations. The vehicle can be easily folded into a box and can be transported to the desired destination and after reaching the destination it can be reassembled.
The OX truck can be unboxed and assembled by three people in not more than 12 hours! Six such trucks can be shipped in a single 40 foot container.
The main considerations for design are: the vehicle should be affordable, easy to ship, easy to service & maintain, durable & reliable, all terrain capable and economical to run. Striking balance between all these parameters isn’t that easy as few parameters are inversely proportional to each other. Achieving an optimal balance between all these parameters is a commendable job.
The fully-assembled truck is a highly capable off-roader despite lacking all-wheel drive. Powered by a 2.2-liter 16v Ford PT22 diesel engine producing 100 HP and 385Nm of torque, the OX can carry more than 1900kg of cargo, with a load volume of 247 cubic feet. It can also be configured to seat up to 13 people, or carry eight 44-gallon drums or three Euro-pallets. The driver sits in the center of the cab like in McLaren F1, with a passenger seat on either side. The center-steer configuration means the truck can be used in right-hand drive or left-hand drive nations without any mechanical changes.
Gordon Murray says the OX program is “undoubtedly one of the most interesting and challenging” projects he has undertaken in his 45 years of career, including his years in F1. Given the cost, durability and capacity requirements and the flat-pack design of the OX design mandate, we can understand why Murray calls it “a fascinating and stimulating journey from concept to prototype”.
Global Vehicle Trust(GVT) founded by Sir Torquil Norman is the organization behind the development of the OX truck. GVT approached Murray for the design. Sir Torquil Norman is a British businessman who previously founded Bluebird Toys company. Norman was originally inspired by the 1980s Africar book.
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JLR confirms one SVO model each year until 2020 with the unveiling of new base; first is reported to be a Land Rover model due for this year
Jaguar Land Rover opened a new dedicated base for Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) last week.The SVO Technical Center is located near the British brand’s facility in Coventry at an investment of £20 million. It will enable the performance division to speed up the production of JLR models carrying it’s badge.
The new factory spans 20,000 square meter and will be responsible for the manufacturing of one SVR model every year from now and until the end of this decade. The yearly production volume will be ramped up between 40 and 50 per cent from the current 3,500 targeted units. A new SVR model will be launched in the closing months of this year and is believed to be from the Land Rover stable.
The existing models bearing SVO credits are Range Rover SV Autobiography, Jaguar F-Type SVR and the Range Rover Sport SVR. The brand new production base employs 200 skilled workers and a further 250 employees will be recruited this year to increase the work rate of the operations within SVO. The SVO Technical Center is evident to Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment in making performance and luxury oriented vehicles. SVO is relatively new to the JLR family as it’s been only a couple of years since the first product came out. Despite that JLR has built a no compromising facility that is inspired a “Formula 1 engineering center” according to Managing director at SVO, John Edwards. It’s an all-under-one-roof base with the presence of corporate offices, an eco-friendly manufacturing area, technical suite, highly sophisticated paint shops and so on.
Alongside producing new models, the vast premise will allow SVO to meet the personalisation demands of the customers. A total of £7.5 million has also been invested for the classic business division which is scheduled to open in the later parts of 2016.
With the growing popularity of the JLR vehicles worldwide, the company is expanding its main facility, and already received district council approvals, with a massive £500 million investment.